The Network Licence requires that Network Rail publish and
maintain Route Utilisation Strategies (RUSs), which establish
the most efficient ways to use and, where appropriate, to
increase network capacity in order to deal with forecast
changes in demand. The London and South East RUS
represents the latest such thinking for routes into and around
the capital, together with other parts of South East England.
Network Rail published this RUS on its website as a
Draft for Consultation in December 2010. This was
followed by a 90 day consultation period, during which
stakeholder briefings were held and written responses
sought from interested parties to the RUS. The many
submissions received during this period have now
been published on Network Rail’s website.
The RUS has involved close working between
Network Rail and its industry stakeholders, but the
analysis it is based upon and specific content is the
responsibility of Network Rail. Since publication
of the Draft for Consultation, Network Rail has
undertaken further analysis and this, together with
feedback received during the consultation and
other developments such as the McNulty ‘Value for
Money’ study, has influenced this final strategy.
The recommendations contained in this RUS are designed as a starting point to inform future
infrastructure or train service planning, and where
necessary, further analysis. Whilst the strategy is an
advisory document, and its recommendations are
non-binding on future decision makers, Network Rail
believes the RUS represents a robust future plan for
railway development on this part of the network.
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